Right before the final aliyah today (Parshat Pekudei) the gabbai asked everyone to stand up. He does this before the final aliyah of each of the books of the Torah. While I have seen discussions about standing during leining in general, or standing for the 10 hadibrot, I can't find any source or (more importantly) reason for one to stand specifically for the last aliyah of the sefer.

as per comments: apparently in some places, the people are asked to stand (via a klopp or something else) just for the last pasuk. Asking before the aliyah would avoid an interruption at that point.

Why is this aliyah (or this pasuk) different from other aliyot in that people are asked to stand?


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R. Shmuel Pinhas Gelbard writes here that the reason is simply to be standing for the upcoming kaddish:

הטעם שעומדים, משום שבאשכנז המנהג לעמוד באמירת הש"ץ קדיש, ואחרי "חזק" בעל הקורא או הש"ץ אומר קדיש

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    Wouldn't this apply to the last Aliyah every week? What am I missing?
    – Double AA
    Sep 11, 2017 at 3:24
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    I wondered the same thing. Perhaps he means that the minhag evolved from people standing for kaddish and others mistaking this for standing for 'hazak'.
    – mevaqesh
    Sep 11, 2017 at 3:25
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    R' Gelbard, there, says that the source for saying חזק חזק ונתחזק is רמ"א או"ח סי' קל"ט סעיף יא, which says (echoing Beit Yosef there that the minhag is to say חזק after - it looks to me - every aliya. That would fit well with standing for the impending Kadish (at least, when the aliya is the last of the day). The question R' Gelbard seems to skip is why Ashkenazim only say חזק at the end of a sefer.
    – Isaac Moses
    Dec 10, 2017 at 6:41

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